Naraka: Bladepoint Is The Game Awards’ First Reveal

With both Sony and Nintendo holding streams to reveal new games, it seems industry veteran Geoff Keighley didn’t want to be left out in the cold. Ahead of Thursdays The Game Awards, Keighley took to Twitter to announce that Naraka: Bladepoint will be officially revealed at the show. Chinese publisher NetEase is bringing this action title to life with development being handled by 24 Entertainment.

A lot of those details were discovered by publication Gematsu. Just last month, NetEase had registered the trademark for Naraka and listed 24 as its developer. Apart from that and some concept art, we really don’t know anything else.

A Twitter account for the game also exists, though it only has two tweets (Keighley’s announcement and another that’s basically the same thing). A short description reads, “Lay vengeance upon every foe encountered” and Keighley’s Tweet states, “Where cold steel collides and blood runs dry, Souls BLOSSOM.” Sounds brutal.

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From the artwork, it’d be safe to say this game is probably inspired by Chinese history. It might not be directly related to Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but there are some heavy Dynasty Warriors vibes coming from that artwork. The name certainly sounds neat, though it’s actually unrelated to any Chinese history.

Naraka is a Sanskrit word for a realm of torment -i.e. hell-. There’s a chance this will be another Souls-like game that deals with trekking through a world out to get you. It could also mirror the oft-overlooked El Shaddai and take players through a journey in the afterlife. The possibilities are endless, really.

What we do know is that it’s coming and we’ll learn more this week. It’s been a pretty hectic morning, but the games keep coming and they’re looking pretty solid. It’s about time we got action titles inspired more by mystical ideas instead of military fantasy.

The Game Awards will be held on Thursday, December 12, at 8:30 pm EST. Host Geoff Keighley has stated around 10 new games will be revealed, with Naraka being one of them. We’re also going to be treated to a longer trailer for Sony’s Ghost of Tsushima, which looks excellent.

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